(This post is especially for those writing or blogging full-time or as a side-hustle, which basically refers to your passionate part-time pursuit.)
Remember the time when writing or blogging was just a hobby?
Mornings were sweet and the breeze messed up your hair, but you were okay, and you laughed because you remembered something silly about your siblings, cousins, or friends, and there was that smell of toast in the air.
Then, remember the moment you decided to turn your hobby into a career? Or part of your career? Or a very serious hobby (with the possibility of getting published and read, perhaps, could be, hopefully, please, please)?
Mornings since then have been more unpredictable. But, wait. This post isn't about all the stress a professional writer or blogger faces.
In fact, it isn't even about one pinch of stress.
It's about looking back at that vacant spot formerly filled by your hobby. Now that your hobby is your job, is it still considered a hobby? Do you find other hobbies? Do you leave the spot empty because GOODNESS ME, who has time for hobbies now?!
I recently found new hobbies to fill that spot. (Don't worry, my freelance writing career is going well, even on weekends! Actually, it is because my workload is increasing that I feel I need another creative outlet. Nothing too tedious. I'm not looking for a degree here. More like a massage for the brains.)
I came upon Skillshare some time ago. It's an online platform where bite-sized classes are offered. Want to learn more about drawing comics? How about painting flowers? Designing? Cooking? (Seriously, I just saw a class that'll teach you to chop like a chef. I didn't sign up because I'm clumsy with knives.)
I've been taking up watercolour, ink illustrations, and hand lettering classes. And it has been so much fun. Just 15 minutes a day and I feel I've done my creative life proud. Just by showing up and being a learner.
For one of my lettering classes, I submitted a project containing a message I most wanted to tell myself. Here's a revised edition (couldn't help adding a bit of illustrations):
Then just two days ago, I signed up for another course. (Not on Skillshare. Another online course specifically for freelance writers.) A much bigger investment which I know I'll earn back soon. The lessons have been solid so far.
Through these lessons, I've learned another important one: Investing in ourselves, whether it's for our profession or for a hobby, is important. Don't neglect investing in what makes you happy, my lovelies.
And yea, mornings these days are pretty sweet and toasty again.
If you're thinking of signing up for online courses, remember to look through the classes/modules, reviews, and FAQ carefully. Most of the classes I've signed up for on Skillshare are helpful. Others . . . not so much. It depends on the depth you're seeking, and on the course instructors.
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